The "Museum für Naturkunde" in Berlin has a fantastic collection on display and not just the minerals. It's really a must-see, once you're there. But if you happen to travel via Cologne make sure to pay a visit to the universitiy's mineralogical museums, as well. Because that's where I work. And it's small and awesome. :D
I’m actually heading to Berlin in may so I will definitely check it out!
I am currently a High School student thinking about majoring in Geology and was wondering if working with minerals like these, is a Mineralogist job? I really love crystals and have been collecting rocks/minerals/crystals since I was a wee lad. There is just something so mysterious about that crystalline shine that most minerals produce. Basically, I was wondering if I were to major in Geology, would I be working with minerals similar to these and how much would I be looking at for income?
If you love studying minerals then getting a geology degree and being a mineralogist is definitely a career for you. You can go either into the mining industry (ex. gold, base metals etc.) or work as a curator for a museum. If you prefer to look at beautiful minerals all day then curating is a good path to follow. I don’t know the salary ranges for curating but for those mineralogists who work for mining companies the range could go from $35,000 to $65,000 annually depending on how big and well known the company is (ex. BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto).